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Posted on 08 July 2012 by

A Smelling Tale of the Dodder Plant and the Tomato


By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I was on Facebook the other day and was surprised by this statement.

Do plants smell other plants? This one does.

Then strangles what it smells.

As you can tell this is not only a statement but also the title of a book by Daniel Chamovitz. In this book, the concept of plants “smelling” is explored.

According to Daniel Chamovitz, plants do smell what is going on with other plants around them. This includes fruit ripening, plant death and even when a plant is being attacked by pests. At this point, one may be thinking I have been hitting the tomato wine but no really plants can smell and to prove it Dr. Consuelo De Moraes from Penn State created a simple experiment.

This experiment consisted of several mini tests. This included if the dodder Read the rest of this entry »


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